Misty, the 10-year-old Golden Retriever who inspired the Senior Dogs Project

The Senior Dogs Project
..........."Looking Out for Older Dogs" ...........

"Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog."
Sydney Jeanne Seward


Southern CA

URGENT!! 3/14/16 -- San Bernardino County -- Chico, a very sweet 5-year-old Terrier mix, is in immediate danger of being euthanized! He's a great little guy, ready to accompany you whatever you're doing, and wherever you're going. Ask for him by his ID # A643788. E-mail: Shelter Supervisor Greg Beck, gbeck@dph.sbcounty.gov, or call 909-386-9820, ext. 0. Or E-mail: cherylmeyer@hotmail.com

Wildomar (Riverside County)

Bobby was surrendered to the shelter " 'cause the wife was allergic to him." Hard to believe that this very sweet, house-trained dog who is good with kids has lost his home. Ask for Bobby by his Intake # 245708. He's seven years old -- mature enough to know the rules, young enough for hiking and adventures with his new family. Animal Friends of the Valleys, open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Call 951-674-0618 ext. 222 or 223, or come in person between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

San Diego County

Sunshine is a petite Pit Bull Terrier around 9+ years young. She is a survivor who loves food and is a quiet girl. She is looking for a calm, quiet home environment to enjoy forevermore. Please read her profile / and contact adoptions@waggingdog.org to learn more about this special senior girl. Wagging Dog Rescue is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit that rescues orphaned dogs from shelters and streets in California and beyond who are at risk of euthanasia or worse, who may need medical care or rehabilitation, and who will one day be restored to their rightful place as a cherished family member. We advocate responsible pet guardianship, fight discrimination and dedicate ourselves to educating our communities in order to achieve our goal of a compassionate future for all life. Phone: 310-853-0757; E-mail: info@waggingdog.org.


2nd Chance Dog Rescue This group is devoted to the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of abused and abandoned animals, normally foundlings or from local shelters. Occasionally, and in particularly heart-rending circumstances, owner surrenders are accepted. E--mail: cdczar96@aol.com

Beverly Hills

The Bill Foundation
P.O. Box 5202 Beverly Hills, Ca. 90209-5202
Phone: 310-860-0171.
Email: billfoundation@billfoundation.org

Burbank Pacific Coast Dog Rescue is a non-profit 501c(3) organization founded in 1998. Their website states: "We are dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing dogs in need. Our licensed kennel facility ... is always at capacity due to the high number of unwanted dogs and the limited number of great homes. The dogs at Pacific Coast Dog Rescue have many stories to tell. They were abandoned on the streets, dumped at the local government shelters, tied up in backyards and left to die, given to us by Animal Control as former cruelty case evidence dogs.....the list goes on. Even with proper socialization and training at our facility, it sometimes takes the dogs a long time to 'wake up' and enjoy life again. Our staff has dedicated their love, time and effort to creating the best environment possible for each dog, so that the dogs are ready for you to give them a loving, permanent home. We also have an experienced dog trainer on site -- our founder David Roe." See the list of available dogs.

Barkie Buddies works with the local shelter, finding those special dogs who need a bit of extra help in getting out of the shelter and into new loving homes. If you'd like to help by offering a foster home or if you would like to adopt a dog in need, call Elaine Edford at Barkie Buddies Rescue: 818.709.7061. E-mail: Pets@PetBond.com

Burbank Burbank Animal Shelter, 1150 Victory Place Burbank, CA 91502. Call the Shelter at (818) 238-3340 or Volunteers of The Burbank Animal Shelter at (818) 238-3344.
El Monte

Beagles & Buddies, El Monte, CA
Beagles & Buddies focuses on the rescue of purebred Beagles and Beagle mixes along with other small dogs from pounds, humane societies and the street. Each rescued dog receives a medical exam and treatment. All vaccinations are updated based on the history available for the dog. Beagles & Buddies spays or neuters all dogs to assist in the fight against pet overpopulation. Beagles & Buddies finds safe, new homes for almost all of its dogs. In accordance with their no-kill policy, any dog that is not adopted remains at their sanctuary. For available dogs, see the website. Telephone: 626 444-9664. E-mail: beagles@beaglesandbuddies.com


Rancho Coastal Humane Society always has senior pets at its facility, many of which come from other shelters through the Second Chance Program. To find out how you can lend your support by sponsoring an animal, volunteering, or making a donation, please visit their website above. Rancho Coastal Humane Society, 389 Requeza Street, Encinitas, CA 92024 Phone: (760) 753-6413 E-Mail: info@rchumanesociety.org

Huntington Beach The Orange County SPCA was established in 1987 as a non-profit, tax-exempt charity for the following purposes: To prevent cruelty to animals, to aid low-income pet owners, and to promote responsible pet ownership and the humane treatment of animals. It is supported entirely by donations from the private sector, and does not receive donations from any government agency or national organization. Phone: (714) 596-7387; Email: ocspca@surfside.net
Los Angeles

The Amanda Foundation, Los Angeles, CA -- In Latin the name "Amanda" means worthy of love, so our charity is named not for a person but for our philosophy towards our Dog and Cat companions. They are worthy of our love and protection. For over 30 years our mission has been to rescue as many loyal pals from the shelters and then find them loving new homes. At the same time we endeavor to educate the public about the importance of spay/neuter in order to reduce pet overpopulation.

Los Angeles

Baldwin Park Animal Shelter, Los Angeles, CA, always has a few seniors up for adoption and works hard to find homes for them. Address: 4275 N. Elton Baldwin Park, CA 91706. Phone: (626) 962-3577. Hours: Monday - Thursday 12 PM - 7 PM; Friday and Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM, Closed Sundays and Holidays. Directions: Exit 605 Freeway at Ramona. Shelter is located off Ramona, between Maine and Puente Aves.

Los Angeles

The Brittany Foundation This agency has many seniors and special needs dogs in need of sponsorships and/or foster homes. Any help is always greatly appreciated. Phone: 818-709-5706. Email: brittany_dogs@yahoo.com

Los Angeles

Diamonds in the Ruff, Los Angeles, CA, is a registered non-profit 501c3 oganization that is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of dogs (all breeds). Our main focus is dogs in the LA area (whether homeless or shelter dogs), although we make it a priority to help all dogs in need! Phone: (310) 699-2747. Email: ruffdiamonds11@aol.com

Los Angeles Downtown Dog Rescue is dedicated to helping the dogs of homeless persons in Los Angeles. The organization microchips the dogs (and is listed as co-owner), runs a highly-successful spay/neuter program, and has placed hundreds of dogs.
Los Angeles H.E.L.P. (A Home for Every Living Pet), Los Angeles, CA 90046. Email: ahomeforeverylivingpet@yahoo.com Telephone: 323-654-9789
Los Angeles North Central Animal Care and Control
3201 Lacy Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031
West Los Angeles

The Lange Foundation, West Los Angeles, CA -- Dedicated to saving impounded companion animals, and preparing them for a journey to a new, safe, loving world. Lange Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), tax deductible organization. At: 2106 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles, CA 90025. Kennel Hours: 11am-5pm 7 days a week. Phone: 310-473-5585. Email: langefoundationC@aol.com

Palos Verdes Fetching Companions Retriever Rescue (FCRR) , is an all-volunteer, nonprofit, Southern California organization dedicated to rescuing, fostering and rehoming homeless retrieving breeds. We specialize in Labrador Retrievers, but will take in other retrieving breeds from time to time, including Golden and Flatcoat Retrievers, as well as the occasional mixed breed Retriever. Our aim is to rescue dogs of exceptional temperament, regardless of breed, and to find the best possible homes for them. Palos Verdes, CA. Telephone: 888-4-1-2-FETCH (888-412-3382) E-mail: info@fetchingcompanions.org
Pasadena Pasadena Humane Society
The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is an independent, private, non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of our animal friends since 1903. More than 10,000 animals pass through their doors each year from the seven cities served: Pasadena, South Pasadena, San Marino, La Canada/ Flintridge, Sierra Madre, Arcadia and Glendale. Services include animal control, investigation of animal cruelty and neglect, licensing for La Canada and Arcadia, adoptions, pet behavior help and training classes, and humane education. For info about dogs currently available for adoption, call Lorna Campbell, Rescue Coordinator Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA 626-792-7151 ext. 116
San Luis Obispo

Animals Requesting Friends (ARF), San Luis Obispo, CA is the volunteer arm of the San Luis Obispo County Shelter. The volunteers look after the welfare of the homeless dogs and cats that find their way to the County shelter. Phone: 805-781-4413. E-mail: seniordogs@sloasap.org

Santa Barbara

K-9 PALS is the all volunteer non-profit organization working on behalf of the dogs of the Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter. Our mission is to promote adoptions, provide humane care, and to strive to eliminate the euthanasia of shelter dogs for reasons other than serious health or behavior problems. Telephone: (805) 681-4369. E-mail: adoptme@k-9pals.org

San Diego The County of San Diego Department of Animal Services provides dog licensing and animal control services for the unincorporated areas of San Diego County and the cities of Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, San Diego, Santee, and Solana Beach.
San Diego Region
5480 Gaines Street
San Diego, CA 92110-2887
Northern Region
2481 Palomar Airport Road
Carlsbad, CA 92011-1531
Southern Region
5821 Sweetwater Road
Bonita, CA 91902-2219
San Diego Camp Pendleton Animal Control
There are always quite a few older dogs at Camp Pendleton Animal Control in San Diego, CA. Lab mixes of age 10 and up seem to be the most numerous and in the most need. The rescue group Help for Homeless Pets tries to get as many as possible out of the shelter and into new homes. Please call Camp Pendleton at (760)725-8120 or Help for Homeless Pets at (760)789-4483.
San Diego

San Diego -- Chula Vista Animal Care Facility -If you adopt a dog from one of the San Diego County shelters such as Chula Vista, your adoption fee of $60 includes a microchip, a free vet exam in San Diego County, all shots, and a free license for a year in San Diego.To see currently available dogs in San Diego county, and for information on location and hours of operation, please visit the website.

San Diego

San Diego Special Needs Rescue is dedicated to rescuing small dogs from life-threatening situations.... in danger of being euthanized in animal shelters, neglected or abused. Dogs are also accepted from individuals (when space permits) so they are not bounced around to different homes or collected and sold to research labs by "bunchers." E-mail: SpecialNeedsRescue@san.rr.com

Santa Monica Karma Rescue, Santa Monica, CA. Telephone: (310) 512-7833.
E-mail: info@ karmarescue.org
Van Nuys

Pet Orphans Fund is located at 7720 Gloria Avenue, Van Nuys (Los Angeles), Californi 91406.. It is a private humane shelter with a mission to find new, loving homes for dogs and cats relinquished by their families. Adoption process includes a home visit, application, and adoption fee. Telephone: 818-901-0190. E-mail: pof@petorphansfund.org

Wildomar, etc. Animal Friends of the Valleys provides animal control services to the cities of Canyon Lake, Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, Temecula, Wildomar and Menifee.
Southern California -- broader directory of shelters Southern CA Shelter Directory

Following are some breed rescues in southern California:

Basset Hound

Basset Hound Rescue of Southern California, Whittier, CA, offers sanctuary, healing, and placement into a new family, to distressed, abandoned, injured, or homeless Basset Hounds. Raises funds to save as many hounds as possible and strives to constantly grow a network of volunteers and foster homes to provide as many options as possible for every hound in need. Also works closely with Daphneyland in Los Angeles.

San Diego
Basset Hound

Basset Rescue, San Diego, CA
Contact Jerri Caswell (619)286-8638; E-mail sdbasset@ aol.com

Orange County
Bichon Frise

Bichon Rescue of Orange County, (CA), is a non profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of neglected, abused, or otherwise homeless Bichon Frises, Bichon mixes and other small breeds, placing them into permanent, stable, and caring forever homes. We believe in the value of our senior citizens as adopters and are committed to their advocacy and support. We believe in promoting awareness of the need to spay and neuter pets, and of the importance of proper medical, dental and nutritional care. Our motto, "Proving that age is just a number," reflects our commitment to assisting healthy, adoptable senior bichons find loving senior owners who can care for and protect them as long as they live. Facebook. Phone: 866-822-7909

San Diego
San Diego Bulldog Rescue is a committed group of volunteers dedicated to rescuing unwanted, neglected, abandoned, and relinquished Bulldogs in the greater San Diego region. We are eager to find loving forever homes for senior Bulldogs in our program. Email: info@sdbr.org
Labrador Retriever
Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue, Inc. 4654 East Ave S #108, Palmdale, CA 93552 Phone: 888-554-ALAB, E-mail: sclrr@sclrr.org
Palos Verdes
Labrador Retriever

Fetching Companions Retriever Rescue, Palos Verdes, CA. Telephone: 888-4-1-2-FETCH (888-412-3382) E-mail: info@fetchingcompanions.org

For more listings of breed rescues, please check the broader, nationwide breed rescue agencies list.